Yamaico Navarro and Manuel Pina both made their debuts in a Kansas City uniform on Wednesday evening and for Pina it was his major league debut, starting behind the plate to catch Luke Hochevar.
In what was one of Hochevar's better starts of the season, he lasted 7.1 innings allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits, improving his mark to 8-8.
After allowing a run in the first inning on a Vladimir Guerrero RBI single, it was all Royals for the rest of the evening as Kansas City tied it up in the bottom of the first on a Billy Butler sacrifice fly and then took a 3-1 lead in the second when Alcides Escobar tripled down the right field line plating two runs.
Butler continued to show increased power at the plate as he hit a three run home run to center in the eighth inning. It was the 13th home run of the season for Butler as he drove in four runs on the night. He now has 58 RBI's on the season.
Escobar collected three hits and two RBI, with leadoff hitter Alex Gordon collecting three hits as well.
The newcomers both showed poise at the plate, Navarro was 2-for-3 with a walk, while Pina was 2-for-4 with a double. In addition Navarro showed well in his opportunities with his glove in the field, and Pina thew out Guerrero on an attempted steal.
Greg Holland relieved Hochevar and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three and earning his first major league save as the Royals move to 47-63.